May 2, 2009

ETS Tall el-Hammam Session

This year at the annual Evangelical Theological Society meetings in New Orleans there will be an entire session dedicated to the research of Tall el-Hammam. Dr. Steven Collins is director of the Tall el-Hammam Excavation Project and serves as Dean of the College of Archaeology and Biblical History at Trinity Southwest University in Albuquerque and will provide an overview of the fourth season of excavations at Tall el-Hammam. There were some interesting finds this season that I'm sure he will want to share. Gary Byers, assistant director of the excavations will not only moderate the sessions but speak on the discoveries related to the culinary practices in the Early Bronze Age (Gen 10). Dr. Steve McAllister, field archaeologist will speak on the defensive walls discovered at Tall el-Hammam. Dr. McAllister’s PhD research was on defensive walls and together with the excavation findings over four seasons, will provide an interesting session. Finally, Scott and I, who are supervising the Roman excavations, will present our arguments for identifying the Roman ruins as part of the significant Roman city of Livias. Not only will this be a time of intellectual stimulation but reunion of good friends.

Wednesday Nov 18, 2009

Near East Archaeological Society
M-Ile de France I Room

Theme: General Session
Moderator: Gary A. Byers (Associates for Biblical Research)

2:50 – 3:30
Dr. Steven Collins (Trinity Southwest University)
“Tall el-Hammam Season Four: Data, Interpretations, and Insights from the 2009 Excavations”

3:40 – 4:20
Gary A. Byers (Associates for Biblical Research)
“Homecooking in the Early Bronze Age: Insights from Tall el-Hammam”

4:30 – 5:10
Dr. Steve McAllister (Trinity Southwest University)
“The Defensive Architecture of Tall el-Hammam: 4 Years of Excavation”

5:20 – 6:00
Dr. Scott Stripling (Belhaven College) and Dr. David E. Graves (Atlantic Baptist University)
“Livias: A Case of Mistaken Identity”

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